Black Male College Experience

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“Black Male College Experience”

“The grass is greener on the other side” is a popular phrase that I heard often growing up as youth but I was never able to grasp the meaning and purpose. As a young Haitian-American growing up in a high crime area of Miami, Florida I wasn’t privileged to live in a neighborhood where there were manicured lawns and great vistas. I always wanted to cross the highway to visit and fantasize about living a “green grass” lifestyle. This dream came true for me when I was accepted to the number historically black university in the world, the world renowned Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). The grass at FAMU is green with tradition, scholarship and service and these are the key items that I plan to take full advantage of while attending this prestigious university.

FAMU is rich with a tradition and cultural that teaches one to be proud of their roots and origin no matter how they came to be. As a student coming from lower socioeconomic standards, I always thought that all college students would model themselves after the European-preparatory image and that professors would down play the intelligence of anyone that didn’t resemble those traits but not at FAMU. I thought that I had to wear slacks and button downs everyday just to be recognized but FAMU proved me wrong in the best way. This institution is filled with intelligent individuals from many walks of life that have their own, independent artistic expression through their personal style and educational advances. The professors are very understanding and acceptable of the student’s ability to express themselves in a manner that is respectable to themselves, peers and this institution. The FAMU tradition painted the grass a richer shade of green for me.

Being the number one producer of African-Americans with baccalaureate degrees, FAMU has excited my interest…...

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